I’ve always hesitated about trying to paint a big version of a landscape, using one of my little plein air paintings as a reference. I guess I felt a little bored lately, just painting the same old things (still lifes, portraits, plein air landscapes). The other night I dreamed that my favorite teacher, the great landscape artist Clyde Aspevig, told me I should try to paint big landscapes. So — what the heck! Figured a message in a dream was something not to be ignored! And sometimes we all need a little encouragement. One of my painting buddies admitted to me last year that he feared painting water. I convinced him to give it a go. Now he likes painting water! I decided to challenge myself and see if I could do a big painting, using one of my small plein air studies as a reference. It was like pulling teeth. But like they say, the first 100,000 are the hardest!